Moto X Style packs a 21-MP camera, Snapdragon 808 power

Motorola has just unveiled two new Moto X phones: the Moto X Style, and the Moto X Play. The former is meant to be Motorola's new flagship phone, so let's start with that one.

The Style features a 5.7" 2560x1440 screen (520 PPI) in a svelte frame, which works out to a 76% screen-to-bezel ratio. Despite the 5.7" screen, the handset's dimensions aren't enormous—154 mm x 76 mm x 11 mm—and it weighs in at 179 g. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 808 SoC, featuring six cores clocked at 1.8GHz and accompanied by 3GB of RAM. The Style is offered with 16, 32, or 64GB of onboard storage, and there's a microSD slot good for cards up to 128GB. Motorola touted the Style's compatibility with all US carriers' 4G LTE networks, as well. 

Motorola says this phone's camera is one of the best smartphone cameras in the world. It's a 21-MP unit with an f/2 lens and a dual-tone LED flash. For moving pictures, there's 1080p video capture at 60 FPS, or 4K capture at 30 FPS. There's also a 5MP wide-angle selfie snapper at the front with a flash of its own.

The 3,000-mAh battery gets a new trick: an included "TurboPower" charger, which can pack 10 hours of juice into the phone in only 15 minutes of charging. The factory-installed OS is Android 5.1.1, with only minor Motorola customizations. Speaking of customizations, the Style has a variety of back shells and "flip shell" casees available through Motorola's Maker custom-phone service, with materials ranging from silicone rubber to more exotic offerings like real leather and wood.

Beside the usual carrier-locked versions, the handset will also be available in the US as a "Pure Edition," which is factory-unlocked and available directly from Motorola without any installed bloatware. Prices start at $400 for that edition. The rest of the lineup is only said to be "$200 to $300 cheaper" than flagship phones from other manufacturers. The Moto X Style will be available in September.

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